US citizen threatens to sue Serbia over nationalized property

US citizen threatens to sue Serbia over nationalized property

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A Serbian US citizen is threatening to sue Serbia unless he is given back a plot of land in central Belgrade which was nationalized by the Communist authorities after World War 2.

Bogdan Veljkovic, president of the Belgrade Association of Citizens for the Return of Seized Property, told a news conference that he would sue the state of Serbia in an American court unless the property is returned to him.  

He explained that the property on the corner of Pariska and Uzun Mirkova street was bought by his great-grandfather 160 years ago, adding that the family built a hotel which was destroyed in 1941.  

“Illegal rulings by the Republic Geodetic Authority and obstruction by the courts led to the property falling to the hands of the Himmel Gradnja DOO company which is owned by Dejan Coguric,” he told the media. Coguric has been accused of criminal activities as part of a so-called construction Mafia by some media. The property demanded by Veljkovic is adjacent to the site where a shopping mall has been built by foreign investors.  

“Investors coming to this country don’t know if they are buying state-owned or private land because there are no records pre-1945,” Veljkovic said.  

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